What to do and see in Maule Region, Chile: The Best Places and Tips

February 23, 2018 Marissa Gamble

The Maule Region (Spanish: VII Región del Maule, pronounced [ˈmau̯.le]) is one of Chile's 15 first order administrative divisions. Its capital is Talca. The region derives its name from the Maule River which, running westward from the Andes, bisects the region and spans a basin of about 20,600 km. The Maule river is of considerable historic interest because, among other reasons, it marked the southern limits of the Inca Empire.
Restaurants in Maule Region

1. Piedra de la Iglesia

Playa de la Iglesia, Constitucion, Chile
Excellent
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4.5 based on 154 reviews

Piedra de la Iglesia

Reviewed By Marceboom - Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Very beautiful beach spot. Easy access and you have the choice of restaurants around this natural attraction. The local town hall try to keep the beach very clean and is a pleasant place where you are going to see families sharing a relaxing day. It is very nice spot for pictures and you can also have the chance to see the local surfers on the area.

2. Parque Nacional Radal Siete Tazas

Molina, Chile +56 9 9168 7820
Excellent
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4.5 based on 300 reviews

Parque Nacional Radal Siete Tazas

Reviewed By Bretteasley - Kansas City, Missouri

First warning , don't believe Waze or Googlemaps on the drive.
Waze said 45 minutes from our Curico Apart Hotel, was 90.
The drive is fine but the last 5-10 miles could be a bit scary for city folks not used to washboard gravel roads and dodging boulders sticking up out of the road bed. If you are afraid of the drive or the potential damage to your vehicle there is bus service all the day.
But if you are going to go, plan to arrive in the morning rather early, it start getting rather crowded and congested by 1:00 PM.
The teacups are an amazing sight!
The walkways are rustic, dusty and in places a bit dangerous.
We took the extra walk down to experience the river personally. Was the highlight of our visit. Beautiful gorge, cold water cascading over the rocks. Was a very relaxing place.
Others went to swim at the base of the falls, it looked wonderful but we had our two handicapped daughters with us who did their best just to get where we went and couldn't go on. It is a bit rough getting to the base of the falls but looked like an amazing place.
Bathrooms and food items for purchase available by the parking area, but nowhere else.
Not for the faint at heart. The paths can be difficult to manage.
And leave your pretty pink running shoes behind, anything you wear below knee level will be coated with a layer of dirt in seconds.
Highly recommended!

3. Reserva Nacional Altos de Lircay

San Clemente, Chile +56 9 7160 7801
Excellent
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5 based on 72 reviews

Reserva Nacional Altos de Lircay

Reviewed By Pierre W - Brussels, Belgium

Best trekking near Santiago, easily accessible by bus, for 2-day treks in the Reserva itself or longer, better, treks to the Decabezado Grande base camp or the whole Circuito de los Condores.
Not recommended as daytrip from Talca, unless you take the 7 am bus and are able to hike 9 to 10 hours nonstop to get to the main sights.
Note that there is an alternative, direct trail from the entrance to Laguna del Alto through Piedras Blancas: it is steep, but more beautiful than the normal trail. CONAF more or less 'hides' this trail. At the bus stop, take the track to the right towards Piedras Tacitas then continue. It allows to do a loop.
On the other hand, Laguna del Alto to the Tricahue refugio in the valley is offtrail, extremely difficult and only for adventurers (but i did arrive).

4. Jardin botanico de la Universidad de Talca

Avda. Lircay s/n, Talca, Chile 5671200200
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4.5 based on 141 reviews

Jardin botanico de la Universidad de Talca

Reviewed By Claudia M - Sydney, Australia

This is a disappointing botanic garden, it is a random collection of scrubs, hardly any explanation or structure whatsoever, not even pretty to look at. May be OK for the uni students but nothing special for visitors.

5. Plaza de Armas

Talca, Chile
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4 based on 174 reviews

Plaza de Armas

Reviewed By Marceboom - Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Talca is a very interesting Chilean medium size city, very important for the independence of Chile from the Spanish crown. Settled in 1742 as Villa San Agustín de Talca, it grew organically from its main square. The Plaza de Armas is actually the hearth of the city. Very interesting to contact a local tour guide that provides a very interesting city tour of Talca, starting in Plaza de Armas. Telling about the history and evolution of the city, visiting Club Talca, one of the oldest men´s club in Chile and some other special stories of the origin and development of Talca.

6. Lago Colbun

48 km southeast of the city of Talca, Colbun 3610000, Chile
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4 based on 115 reviews

Lago Colbun

Reviewed By ANVISAN - Talca, Chile

Lake Colbun is one hour drive from Talca, the regional capital of Maule. If you there in the region, this is one place that you would want to visit and make a picnic. A place to go with family and spent some few hours relaxing peacefully. The water level has gone down very badly stripping out a bit of nature's vestment. Still worth visiting.

7. Cerro de Arena

Cerro de Arena, Constitucion, Chile
Excellent
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Cerro de Arena

Reviewed By Charlie_Linares - Linares, Maule, Chile

Es una Duna de Arena que queda a un costado del camino entre Constitución y el Muelle.
Es entretenido para ir con niños, ya que se puede subir la duna y tirarse por la arena. Algunas personas bajan en una especie de snow board.
A veces hay una persona que ofrece vueltas en Buggy, subiendo por un costado del cerro y bajando por la duna. Muy entretenido.
A la orilla del camino hay lugar para estacionar, y la vista al mar es muy bonita.

8. Catedral El Sagrario

Independencia 280 Casilla 107, Linares, Chile
Excellent
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Catedral El Sagrario

Reviewed By ERRG - Providencia, Santiago, Chile.

A must visit! One of the most beautiful and imposing churches in Chile, it´s the work of inspired artists and visionaries. Its tower was seriously damaged in the devastating earthquake of February 2010, but happily it has been repaired since then. Built in the style of Lombard Romanesque architecture, the Cathedral follows the lines of the Basilica of Saint Ambrose, in Milan. Its magnificent mosaic is the work of the Italian sculptor Giulio di Girolamo.

9. Lago Vichuquen

Vichuquen, Chile
Excellent
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Lago Vichuquen

Reviewed By EDOMIC - Santiago, Chile

Nice option next to beach and typical villages....Great place to spend weekends and scape for busy Beaches

10. Catedral de Talca

Talca, Chile
Excellent
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4 based on 73 reviews

Catedral de Talca

Reviewed By Jnanayog - St. John's, Canada

The St Augustine Cathedral was a replacement for the Church destroyed in the Earthquake of 1928. The 2010 Earthquake resulted in considerable structural damage, as it did to many buildings in Talca. That restoration took several years to complete and is what we see today. There is nothing particularly outstanding about the Cathedral and perhaps that is best as they are more for what happens inside rather than the structure itself. A dominant figure on the west side of the Plaza de Armas.

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